HOUSTON -- Craig Biggio's popularity over the last two decades appears to be as strong as ever, especially since the seven-time All-Star is in hot pursuit of his 3,000th hit.
Biggio's numbers this year -- .228 over 45 games -- have been down, but his All-Star vote totals are up. And as of Monday, he was in second place among all National League second baseman. Only the Phillies' Chase Utley has more votes at that position.
Outfielder Carlos Lee, however, has the best chance of all Astros to make the All-Star team. He was hitting .311 with 10 homers and 45 RBIs through Sunday's game, living up to every expectation placed on him when he signed his monster $100 million deal last November.
Lee is currently sixth among all NL outfielders in All-Star balloting. Several marquee names are ahead of him -- Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano, Barry Bonds, Andruw Jones and Ken Griffey Jr.
Online and in-stadium balloting is available for several more weeks. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 Club sites until Thursday, June 28th at 10:59 p.m. CT.
Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1.
Baseball fans around the world will be able to select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.
Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.
The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.